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"Simple yet profound. This is a wonderful book to give to anyone made uneasy by the conditions of modern life, because the solution is so simple and yet bears repeating: stop to smell the roses."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Ferrucci's writing is calm and clear. His insights are widely intuitive. The very act of reading his balanced sentences unties knots and encourages openness."
--Susan Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
 

About the Author

Piero Ferrucci, a former student of and collaborator with transpersonal psychologist Roberto Assagioli, is a staff member of the Psychosynthesis Institute of Florence, Italy, and the International Federation of Medical Psychotherapy. He is the author of What We May Be, Inevitable Grace, and What Our Children Teach Us, among other titles. He lives in the Tuscan countryside with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428335
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Davis on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I interviewed this author for [...]. This book is enormously powerful and I felt changed me in some way. It opened my eyes to something I feel has been missing in my life and my family's life, not intentionally of course, but accidentally what we need in our life is beauty: beauty in our home, our environment, our backyard. This book alerted me and reminded me of how much beauty has healed me in the past, and how much a family needs it. It is brilliantly written.
Here is a link to my interview with Mr. Ferrucci, a true genius!

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Format: Hardcover
What is beauty? A mysterious feeling incapable of description? A concept best proved through mathematical formula? Or maybe it is as Piero Ferrucci (author of The Power of Kindness, Inevitable Grace and What We May Be) presents in his new book Beauty and the Soul, an innate power easily accessible yet underutilized in bringing about healing, growth and peace.

Drawing from Ferrucci's experience as a psychotherapist as well as academic and scientific studies, the book focuses on beauty and the value of living an aesthetic life - claiming both may instill confidence, speed recovery from trauma or illness and provide insight into the futility of materialism and war. While the book beautifully explores these benefits and offers hope and inspiration, it displays some weakness in credibility, relying somewhat on the reader to accept certain theories on faith as opposed to scientific evidence. Nevertheless, the book is an engaging and enjoyable read.
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Beautiful! Really don't mean this to be cliche - but really - this was a beautiful book that had me reflecting and looking around me assured that the next beautiful thing was just out of my attention span. Fantastic book.

I was recommended to read this book by a new friend. We were having what I refer to as our first phone date and he recommended the book in response to what he noticed in my positive attitude. I try to see something optimistic in most frustrating events - I am not always successful, but I try. My travel agent would probably be the best witness to this quality of mine as I am often calling her when something has gone wrong. I will get there some how - no reason to freak out - besides, I am inside, have access to food and a bathroom not to mention the internet, and at times most precious private anonymity.

One part of the book that I really related to was the gradual discovery of beauty. The author shares a story of a Balsamic Vinegar shop where the walls were lined with beautiful bottles, colors, and scents. The shop owner recommended that he not purchase the most expensive highest quality vinegars because he hadn't trained his pallet yet to know the different levels of beauty. The vinegar would be too strong - too much. I often feel like this when I am discovering something new - I can't do too much at once - though I am obsessive and tend to immerse myself quickly in the new thing. For example, I will learn of a new band - buy everything they have ever done and listen to it on repeat. But, it isn't until I hear one song at a time shuffled into a playlist that I can really hear the lyrics and fall in love with the new band.

Beauty is also temporary next consistently connecting all things and emotions.
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